Your personality must match your city

Yesterday was exactly four years since I moved to Toronto from Edmonton. Traditional gifts for four year anniversaries are fruit, flowers, linens or silk depending on where you’re from. Instead this week I got a family of raccoons (a mama and three newborn babies moved into a spare bedroom). Fortunately after I called backup, we had them safely evicted ...

Sunday sight: Waterfall on the East Coast Trail

Getting lost in Newfoundland last weekend was actually quite serendipitous. Forgot my GPS device and my cell provider doesn’t work in rural parts, but I managed to stumble upon part of the East Coast Trail in the Irish Loop near Port Kirwan. The East Coast Trail runs over 500 kms in Newfoundland and this is ...

How Bruce Jenner’s interview hit home

I hadn’t planned to watch Diane Sawyer’s interview last night with Bruce Jenner, but a flight I was supposed to be on got fogged in overnight, so I found myself in front of a TV when it aired.  Towards the end of the interview Sawyer asked Jenner if she was in her shoes, what would she ...

What’s the WestJet video secret?

We’re very fortunate in the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies #digitaledu community to be able to bring in guests to explore some of the best social and digital work out there. March 18, Greg Hounslow of WestJet paid us a visit to talk about their Blue Santa video trilogy, with which the 2013 video scored them three ...

I still think I am

While travelling recently I shared with someone that it seemed like the universe was completely helping me out because I wasn’t paying attention. My name was called out over the speaker at both my departure and destination airports for different reasons and strangers did things you usually don’t see like help zip up a bag. ...

Sunday sight: The Titanic Story

Near the bottom of Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland is the Johnson Geo Centre. Signal Hill is a National Historic site with stunning views of St. John’s harbour. Of course, some few hundreds of miles off its coast sunk the Titanic on April 15, 1912. (Interesting bit: In addition to its military history of battles between ...

Saturday sight: The Rooms in St. John’s

At the very top in St. John’s, Newfoundland you find a cathedral and to its left The Rooms museum and art gallery. When inside the museum, it offers a near panoramic view of the harbour. Pride in identity is strong here.

Saturday sight: Newhart’s Inn

While in Vermont, the Waybury Inn is a nice hour-long country drive away from Burlington. The inn was the inspiration for Bob Newhart’s Stratford Inn on Newhart. Its pub was also guarded by a moose.

Beothuk sites in Newfoundland

The Beothuk were the aboriginal people of the island of Newfoundland. It’s said that they have been extinct since around 1820. However, the story in my family (originating from my maternal grandfather’s grandmother who identified as Métis with a Beothuk and French heritage) was that after many massacres the Beothuk feared for their lives, so ...

Saturday sight: All heart

On the way out to a friend from Edmonton’s place in Newfoundland, drove through Heart’s Content. A sort distance away was Heart’s Desire. Just as I was driving away wondering whether there is a rivalry between the two towns, stumbled upon Heart’s Delight.